In 2006 Mitt Romney said after Massachusetts health care was brought to an “affordable” cost level for the individual, the individual would be mandated (forced) to buy health care. Some could receive government subsidies to help pay the “affordable cost.” Romney equates the word “mandate,” to personal responsibility.
“But once we put in place the reforms I am describing, with new affordable products as well as a subsidized product, where your premium can be as low as $2.30 a week, now everybody can get insurance,” said Romney. “And that’s basically what this slide says. And that is, look, now that we have these products available for you, we want everybody to get insurance and you have responsibility of having insurance, and we are going to mandate that you have insurance.
“Now, how do we mandate it?” said Romney. “Well, I won’t spend a lot of time on this, other than to indicate that we are going to insist that everybody be covered one way or the other and that those who don’t comply have certain problems. They are going to lose their personal tax exemption. We will withhold any of their tax refund. We will keep it in an account at the state level which we will be able to tap to pay the hospital if they go there for free care. The legislature has also put in place consideration of not providing drivers’ licenses to people unless they can show their health insurance coverage, and so forth.
“We also, I just note there, we also, if people go and get free care and don’t pay for it, we go after them,” said Romney. “We garnish wages if we have to make sure that we get paid. People are either going to buy insurance or they are going to pay for their own care. They’re not going to say, I got care and you, Mr. Taxpayer, or you Mrs. Premium Payer, you have to pay for me.”
On April 12, 2006, three months after he spoke at Heritage, Romney signed his landmark health-care reform proposal into law. The law said that people earning up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level would get subsidies to buy insurance. (The federal poverty level for a family of four is now $23,050, according to the Department of Human Services. That means a family of four earning up $69,150 per year now qualifies for health-insurance subsidies in Massachusetts.) Source CNS News
A mandate does not allow for personal responsibility. The personal responsibility is forced upon you. Nothing personal about it.
I’m not overlooking the need to get the poachers out of our health care costs. Our American empathy knows few boundaries. We have made it possible for far too many Americans (and illegals) to receive health care without paying for it. Those costs are collapsing our health care system and the health of our liberty.
Makin insurance competitive, across state lines, as Republicans have advocated for, for a very long time, solves the problem. If you do not provide health care for yourself, and you do not fit into the Medicaid or Medicare law at the time, you do not receive health care, unless you are a child with irresponsible parents. The child gets health care. The parents’ wages are garnisheed, and if they do not work, or if they can’t put food on the table after payments are deducted from a payroll check, they go to work for the city to pay it off. That’s when you put the parent to work in the city trash detail, or cleaning the toilets in the city jail or spiffying-up at the city morgue. It’s simple. We don’t need mandates. Forcing an American to purchase something they don’t want, is unAmerican. Mandates are unAmerican. Thanks to Pat Dollard